Definition of handgun in English:

handgun

noun

  • A gun designed for use by one hand; a pistol.

    • ‘So far, he had only ever used hunting guns such as shot guns or rifles, and handguns like the one his father kept with his new uniform.’
    • ‘Five years after the sweeping 1998 ban on handguns, handgun crime had doubled.’
    • ‘A vicar has been charged with firearm offences after a handgun and bullets were found in his home by police.’
    • ‘Prohibited weapons handed in included seven handguns and two shotguns.’
    • ‘From six long guns and a few handguns to dozens of long guns and dozens of handguns, you can find what you need.’
    • ‘The plot was uncovered as the three set out on their mission armed with rifles, handguns, swords and knifes.’
    • ‘Most gun injuries and deaths were caused by handguns, not shotguns and rifles, the seminar heard.’
    • ‘Mostly light weapons such as assault rifles and handguns were destroyed.’
    • ‘Shotguns and handguns may also have straps, but our present interest is the hunting rifle.’
    • ‘A safe in the building was recently opened revealing sub-machine guns, handguns and listening devices.’
    • ‘The photos in the different tactical articles show handguns and rifles in use.’
    • ‘The reporter had a choice of fake handguns, pistols and revolvers on display in a glass case among books and small toys.’
    • ‘The vast majority of my field and hunting handguns are single action revolvers.’
    • ‘About halfway through the game guns show up - handguns, shotguns, and a few rifles.’
    • ‘They went over to a spot on one wall where handguns and revolvers were set up.’
    • ‘The gang was carrying a handgun, shotgun and an assortment of iron bars.’
    • ‘It can serve as a shotgun, an accurate big bore rifle, a handgun, and even as a flare gun.’
    • ‘They are available for most popular models of service handguns, revolvers and autos.’
    • ‘You cannot address crime prevention without getting rid of assault weapons and handguns.’
    • ‘It is stated that Australia banned ownership of most handguns and semiauto rifles.’
    pistol, revolver, gun, side arm, automatic pistol, six-shooter, thirty-eight, derringer, browning automatic
    piece, shooting iron, saturday night special, rod, roscoe
    colt, webley, luger
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Pronunciation:

handgun

/ˈhan(d)ɡʌn/